Sweet Escapes: Design a Bakery mobile game is a product of the ever-expanding puzzle match 3 gaming genre. After the fan-favorites like Candy Crush Saga series and others, the competitive developers are constantly figuring out ways to make their game the top choice and they do that by adding new and advanced features to them, as well as expanding on the existing gaming mechanic. Here’s what this title brings to the table…
Development and reception
Redemption Games Inc. stands behind this title. They are a young company, founded in 2015 by Dan Lin and Michael Witz. However, the founders are not new in the biz and both have extensive experience in various companies. They transitioned to mobile gaming biz as it became a dominant part of the market and they delved into these most widely celebrated and accepted genres, like puzzle and match 3. The company also includes developers from Zynga, SGN Games, Rockstar, Amazon, and Google.
On Google Play, Sweet Escapes: Design a Bakery Android has an impressive 4.5-star score from over 20 thousand votes. On iTunes App Store, Sweet Escapes iOS has 4.5 stars from almost 2 thousand votes and is rated #72 puzzle game. This game is the pioneering title for Redemption Games on both stores and the ambition shows, as the game enjoys critical and commercial acclaim.
This is the first instance where this game tries to expand upon the genre. Instead of a map with levels laid out for you which you traverse as you progress, here, you are in charge of a Bakery in a Fable Village. You and several of your furry friends set off on a mission to revive an old and ruined bakery, which once made sweets that won competitions. You aim to restore its full glory and to do that, you need to renovate, and thus you begin your game. Each part of your bakery that you renovate, you must first earn and purchase via points you gain by winning levels.
As a standard match 3 puzzle game, Sweet Escapes mobile doesn’t bring much new in this regard. There is nothing broken about the basic mechanics that are engraved in this system of gameplay, so there is nothing to fix. The level design and the various tools you get as help are perhaps somewhat innovative, but overall it’s the same familiar environment. You click on 2, 3 or more blocks that are of the same color and together, and they disappear. If there is 5, they form an ice cream, which cleans either an entire row or an entire column, depending on the direction it’s pointing. 7 blocks matched to form a cake that explodes like a bomb and destroys all surrounding blocks, and so on.
There are over 100 levels of puzzles in the game currently, with more promised as the game’s audience expands. There is a limited number of moves, like in Candy Crush Saga. As mentioned, outside of these puzzle tile matches, you rebuild a bakery, starting from scratch. You install new hardware, fridges, employ workers, and ultimately serve customers. This part of the game is really expanded upon, and it is actually the most explored here out of all similar games.
Sweet Escapes looks good and feels advanced. At first glance, it is the similar cartoonish cutesy style of animation like in other games with similar mechanics, but in fact, it is noticeably better if you look closely. Character modeling is also incredibly well done and levels are designed to perfection. It is indeed a splendid sight for sore eyes.